Christmas is the time of year for sharing and enjoying time with family, friends and your little ones. With all the hustle and bustle, you are also more at risk of suffering an accident or mishap – which could result in a trip to A&E. From bruises to slips and trips or burns from hot dishes, your home is full of hidden hazards that could harm your children. Just let them out of sight for five minutes, and who knows what sort of scrapes that they could get into? So if you want to have a relaxing and tantrum-free Christmas, then follow these trips tips to make sure that your home is childproof ready for the big day.
Christmas proof your home
All those extra decorations, and even the tree, can pose hidden hazards and risks for small, curious hands. Christmas trees can easily topple over if not properly tied or secured to a tree stand; while dazzling decorations, if within reach, look appetising to hungry toddlers and under three’s. All your Christmas greenery could also pose a risk, from spiky holly to mistletoe, which has poisonous berries, so make sure that you always supervise smaller children.
When you are relaxing at home during the cold winter nights, be sure to keep candles out of reach and seat the younger members of your clan away from temptation at the Christmas dinner table. Wrapping paper and sellotape also pose choking and hazards for adventurous eaters, so make sure that you store these, and scissors, in a safe place. Wooden floorboards and tiles can also pose a slip hazard. So if you are looking to replace these with carpet, then don’t miss the suggestions on Big Warehouse Sale, who can help you fit the perfect carpet. Just by making a few small changes, your cozy home will be ready for your little ones to run wild.
Get out and about
What better way to burn off some of that excess energy than by taking your kids on a day out this Christmas? However, activities such as ice skating and sledging also pose risks if carried out unsafely, or unsupervised. If you are taking your kids out on the ice for the first time, then be sure to wrap them up warm and consider using knee pads to make sure that they don’t bruise if they slip up. If you don’t want visits to Father Christmas to end in tears, then make sure that your kids aren’t too tired and cold if you have to wait and queue for a few hours. Be sure to keep lots of healthy festive snacks in your bag to avoid hunger tantrums too. With a bit of preparation, your Christmas day out will go without a hitch.
Christmas is a magical time, but it can also be incredibly stressful if you are looking after your little ones. From burns and bruises to strains and slips, if you want to make sure that your Christmas break goes without a glitch then you need to make sure that your home is childproof and that you are well equipped before heading out of the house.